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Subject: odd - WL but not on hold
Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
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I posted a book that had one member wishing, but it seemed to go straight to my bookshelf, without the little exclamation point that indicates it's in the "buyer's remorse" period.  I assumed the wisher had quickly cancelled, and decided to delete the book from my shelf, because I like to control when I have to mail books out (too stressful otherwise.) But when I checked the listing, it again had one wisher. I double-checked the ISBN, it's definitely the same listing. Anyone know what's going on? I listed it again and once again it went straight to my bookshelf.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:42 PM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2010
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Maybe the wishlist is on hold?  I don't know if it would show up as being WL if the member had his/her list on hold, but that's the first thing I thought of.  

Anyway, I've had quite a few WL books I've posted not get requested lately, and then someone else requests them pretty soon anyway since I have the only copy in the system, so I'd just let it sit on my bookshelf and see what happens.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:50 PM ET
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I'm not sure how that works, either...I know if I put a wishlisted book on individual hold, you can't see that book if you look at my wishlist. I'm not sure though if my wish is still included in the total when you look at a book's details.

Hang on, let me experiment...hmmm, no it appears that if a book is being held, that person's wish is subtracted from the number showing in the book details too....I put a book on hold that has 2 wishers. When I held it and went back to look, it only shows 1.

So....not sure what is going on. I just posted a book that was wishlsted and it went right to wish list hold...so the whole system isn't screwy anyway. Give it a couple of hours I guess and if it's not on WL hold, then I would contact the PBS team.


Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:56 PM ET
Member Since: 5/1/2007
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Maybe the wisher has the book on auto request, but their account is on vacation hold and they do not have any credits.  From the help center:

If you do not have credits in your account when an auto-requested book becomes available, the Auto-Request will convert to a regular Wish List offer.  If your account is on Vacation Hold in this situation, you will be "bypassed" for the book, and will remain in your place in the Wish List.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 10:22 PM ET
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There are also times when it will show 1 wisher and it really isn't a currently wishlisted book...when you look up the actual book does it say that there is 1 wisher or are you look at the W or Wa on your TBR list?

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 10:31 PM ET
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I looked up the actual book and it said 1 wisher, both times.

Date Posted: 5/4/2010 8:44 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Maybe it works somewhat differently when there is only 1 wisher and that wisher is on hold? 

It could also be just a glitch.  I posted a WL book the other day and it timed out on the first person.  I have my shelf on hold and when I unheld it to get it to the next person, it went to the same person again.  It was a really unique name so I know it was the same person.  Also I always check the WL and it was the same. PBS tried to tell me that they must have been the only wisher and put it right back on WL. But there were over 60 people in line for this book.  So it was a glitch.  If she had added it back to her WL, she would have been at the end.  And I reposted it pretty quickly-since my account is on hold, I was paying attention to the time out because I wanted it to go quickly to the next person.